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Sightings

N J Davies / Dan Webb / Andrew Strong

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Curlew Sandpiper
Interesting morning with pheasant, 6 house martins, 1 whitethroat, 3 singing reed warblers, 1 chiffchaff, 100+ sand martins (adults and juveniles), 510 black-headed gulls (5 juvs only), 2 grey plover (1 a 1st year bird), 35 lapwing, 11 ringed plovers, curlew, oystercatchers, shoveler, 2 mute swans, excellent count of 215 redshanks and skylarks. A curlew sandpiper just out of summer plumage showed well. It has a badly damaged lower right leg and is struggling. 2 swift, 39 dunlin, 42 black-tailed godwits (several in full plumage), swallows, 2 herons, 1 lt egret, tufted ducks (one pair with 8 chicks and a 2nd pair with 6 chicks) - there are 3 pairs breeding in total which is good, 1 knot, 1 bar-tailed godwit, 24 teal, gadwall, buzzard, juv male peregrine with a fresh kill flying over the lagoons, lt ringed plovers and 2 black swans on the saltings. Other: Emperor dragonfly, numerous meadow browns and small whites, large whites and 2 small tortoiseshells.
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Mike Rees

Friday, 29 June 2018

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Spoonbill
Spoonbill feeding on Prior's Lagoon mid morning
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Blair Jones

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Black Headed Gulls
Approximately 150 Black Headed Gulls. On the second lagoon its like a Gull Island Roost as the water is so slow a small Island exists. Approx 10 Shelducks also started using it. A flock of Dunlin in lagoon 2 approx 60. Redshanks seems to be gathering in larger numbers of 20 to 30 birds. Buzzard caused havoc on a number of occassions. A passing birder said he had seen a Spoonbill prior to my arrival so its still about. Blackwits remain in a small flock.
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Mike and Jackie Pointon

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Grey Plover
A Grey Plover 1 non breeding plumage Knot 2 Black-tailed Godwit 30 Redshank circa 160 . Sand Martin 250 on the dry mud on Monks they appeared to be eating the numerous flies there. Black Swans 2.
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Roger Price

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Peterstone Gout

Main Sighting: Spoonbill
5.17pm: Spoonbill flying east above the tideline, Ad. Med Gull, Shelduck increase x3 to 87, first Teal (5), Heron, Cormorant,3 Dunlin,5 Redshank.
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Roger Price

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Goldcliff

Main Sighting: Sand Martins
Lunch time: Flock of about 150 feeding Sand Martins drifting east, 22 Blacktailed Godwit,2 grey Knot,2 LRP, 1/2 dozen Dunlin, c200 Redshank.
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martyn Jones

Monday, 25 June 2018

St Brides

Main Sighting: Red Kite
Single Red Kite over St Brides for several minutes before drifting SW.
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Simon James Bedford

Monday, 25 June 2018

Llandegfedd North Shore

Main Sighting: Little Ringed Plover
5 Little Ringed Plover 71 Cormorant 5 GBBGull 120 ( approx) LBBGull 18 HG plus juv variants of both 1 Oystercatcher 2 Goosander both male 5 yellow wagtail and the usual Pied Wagtail Common Buzzard and jsut a couple of Canada Geese .
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Christopher Field

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Trellech

Main Sighting: Hobby
Hobby and Red Kite over Wet Meadow meadows, Trellech at same time, late morning.
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Roger Price

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Peterstone Gout

Main Sighting: Whimbrel
Whimbrel obligingly alighted next to an adult Curlew which seemed relatively much bigger than you would expect. 5 Curlew, 16 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Summer Plumaged Dunlin, 23 Lapwing, 28 Shelduck. Annual mystery of early returning adult Black Headed Gulls, typically 1 to 3 juv. per 100 adults. Today 1 with 123 adults. Reading BWP it would seem these are British birds, so are most of the other juvs not dispersing? Lots of small tortoiseshell butterflies. The Battle of Britain flight picked up at the Weston air show,(14 miles distant), the Lancaster flying nose to tail with the Dakota and looking much bigger in the haze.(Replaces seabird watching).
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